Fleas in your home? You can't solve the problem without fighting the fleas in your carpets, mats and rugs
Flea life cycle
Although fleas are more likely to be a problem during warm-weather months, they can also cause problems during cooler seasons due to their ability to continue their life cycle indoors.
If you have fleas in your carpets, mats and rugs, please don't blame the your family pet. It's not his fault that he has been allowed outdoors without wearing some form of flea protection. I'm afraid to say the blame lies entirely with his owners.
Once fleas have made their way indoors courtesy of your pet they don't stay long on your pet. Recents stats indicate 5% of the flea population in your home will be on your pet; the remaining 95% will be ensconced elsewhere, which of course includes your Carpets, mats and rugs.
Carpets, mats and rugs make perfect hideouts for fleas and their off-spring. Fleas love warm dark places to set up home and together with your dog's and your families' warm blood to feed on they are in nirvana in your Carpets, mats and rugs!
Once fleas and their off-spring (eggs,larvae and cocoons) have set up camp, it is the devil's own job to get rid of them.
By their very nature they are tenacious little nasties and getting rid of them is far easier said than done. If you have an infestation you are best to over-do than under-do.
Off course it is a priority to treat your pet, but this must be done in tandem with cleaning and vacuuming your carpets.
To be successful in your efforts to have a flea free carpets, mats and drugs you need to have flea free pets along with a flea free home both indoors and outdoors. Please take a moment to read our articles on:Fleas in Beds
Fleas in Furniture
Fleas in Lawns and Yards
Fleas on Pets
Three Steps to no Fleas
Get rid of fleas on your dog
First off bath your dog with a herbal Shampoo and Conditioner The trick here is to lather up your pet and leave the shampoo on for a minimum of five minutes at least. Any less and you are wasting your time. Five minutes are needed to completely drown all adult fleas and kill all of the off-spring in the flea's life cycle.
Getting rid of fleas in your carpets, mats and rugs
Depending on how large an area and how much will you have to do a DIY job yourself and all purpose animal and kid friendly Flea Powder is an excellent way to go.
If you feel DIY is too overwhelming, ask around for word of mouth from other pet owners for a referral or Google for a credible commercial cleaner. You will find most commercial cleaners have their own favourite product for getting rid of fleas. Obviously whatever is used should be safe for children and pets to walk on afterwards.
First off, find an area in a room; say behind the sofa that you could ask the cleaner to do a small test patch before he starts the main task. This way you can be confident that a good job will be done.
It is most important that a thorough clean is carried out, followed by rigorous vacuuming.
This involves moving all furniture out so no areas are overlooked. If any eggs or larvae survive your onslaught, it will only be a matter of time before they hatch and jump straight back on your pet. And the vicious cycle will start all over again.
Your most effective weapon of choice should be your vacuum cleaner. Fleas hate vacuum cleaners. In the first instance try vacuuming each and every day; once you have everything under control every alternate day should suffice.
To stop any fleas slipping the net place an herbal Flea Collar in the vacuum bag while you are usung your cleaner. After that take care to seal all full vacuum bags tightly until you can dispose of them properly off your property.
Getting rid of fleas in and around your home will take diligence on your part; this could take weeks or even months. Therefore you must take a 4-pronged approach as summarise below, other wise you wont be successful:
- Treat the fleas on your pets - we suggest bathing your dog followed by affixing an Herbal Collar and a Flea Tag
- Control the fleas inside and outside your home by using chemical free and safe flea repellants
- Be systematic and regular in your chosen method of flea repellants
- Start now!
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Holistic Library and is presented for informational purposes only.The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local vet. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com